Frank Porter Graham

A flyer by the "Know the Truth Committee" supporting Willis Smith against Graham
Grave of Frank Porter Graham and Marian Drane Graham at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery
Frank Porter Graham Student Union at UNC

American educator and political activist.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Statue of Confederate soldier Silent Sam. The statue was toppled by a crowd in 2018, and the plinth (pedestal) was ordered removed by Chancellor Carol Folt in the same letter in which she resigned. As of October 2020 it is in storage.
Panoramic image of the main quad
Franklin Street forms the northern border of main campus and contains many popular restaurants and shops. In addition, it serves as a focal point for cultural events including Halloween festivities and major basketball victory rallies.
The Morehead Planetarium, designed by Eggers & Higgins, first opened in 1949.
A representation of the university seal, located in front of South Building and dedicated by the class of 1989.
Students walk past the Old Well, a symbol of UNC-Chapel Hill for years
The Morehead–Patterson Bell Tower was completed in 1931 and stands 172 feet tall.
South Building, administrative offices of the chancellor and College of Arts and Sciences
Students walking through campus between classes
The Davis Library
Louis Round Wilson Library opened in 1929 and serves as the special collections library.
The NCC is the largest collection of printed materials related to a single state.
Graham Memorial is adjacent to Franklin Street and houses the Office for Undergraduate Research and the Honors Study Abroad program.
Water tower featuring the official UNC athletics logo
Rameses at the 1957 Victory Bell football game
Celebration on Franklin Street after victory over Duke
The 2007 commencement ceremony in Kenan Memorial Stadium
The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies of UNC were founded in 1795 and have debates each week in the New West building.
The Forest Theatre was first used for outdoor drama in 1916 to celebrate the tercentenary of Shakespeare's death.
Undergraduates on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill
At the end of each semester, students organize a flash mob dance party in the library.
Lenoir Hall
Old East Residence Hall, built in 1793
James K. Polk was President of the United States from 1845 to 1849.
Thomas Wolfe remains one of the most important writers in modern American literature, authoring works such as Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River.
Andy Griffith was an active member of Chapel Hill's arts community while attending UNC, later starring in productions such as A Face in the Crowd and The Andy Griffith Show.
Michael Jordan (left) played basketball under Dean Smith (right) while attending the University of North Carolina. Jordan helped the Tar Heels win the 1982 NCAA Championship with a game-winning jump shot.

Despite initial skepticism from university President Frank Porter Graham, on March 27, 1931, legislation was passed to group the University of North Carolina with the State College of Agriculture and Engineering and Woman's College of the University of North Carolina to form the Consolidated University of North Carolina.

Moonlight Graham

American professional baseball player and medical doctor who appeared as a right fielder in a single major league game for the New York Giants on June 29, 1905.

Graham in 1905

His brother, Frank Porter Graham, was president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was later a U. S. Senator.

Jesse Helms

American politician.

Advice from Jesse A. Helms, Sr., to his son; Jesse Helms Center in Wingate, North Carolina
U.S. Senator Richard Russell Jr. of Georgia told Helms in 1952 that he hoped Helms would one day become a senator; Helms achieved this 20 years later, but Russell did not live to see it.
Helms c. 1973
Senator Helms holding a watermelon and standing between Miss North Carolina and Miss Watermelon in 1991
Helms with Joe Biden in 1999
Helms watches President George W. Bush sign H.J. Resolution 114 authorizing the use of force against Iraq in 2002
Helms with Patrick McHenry in 2005
The Jesse Helms Center is located next to the Wingate Town Hall.

In 1950, Helms played a critical role as campaign publicity director for Willis Smith in the U.S. Senate campaign against a prominent liberal, Frank Porter Graham.

Willis Smith

American attorney and Democratic U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina between 1950 and 1953.

Campaign flyer for Willis Smith for Senate in the 1950 US Senate race in North Carolina.

In the Democratic primary of 1950, Smith defeated incumbent Sen. Frank Porter Graham for the nomination.

President's Committee on Civil Rights

United States Presidential Commission established by President Harry Truman in 1946.

Frank Porter Graham

W. Kerr Scott

American Democratic Party politician from North Carolina.

Scott (left) in 1951, with Harry S. Truman and Gordon Gray.
Portrait as governor

While he supported segregation, he appointed the first black member of the North Carolina Board of Education, Dr. Harold Trigg, and nominated University of North Carolina President Frank Porter Graham to fill a vacant United States Senate seat in 1949.

J. Melville Broughton

The 60th Governor of North Carolina from 1941 to 1945.

Governor Broughton and First Lady Broughton welcoming U.S. Servicemen to the North Carolina Executive Mansion in 1941.
Broughton's residence in Raleigh.

Governor W. Kerr Scott appointed Frank Porter Graham to fill his vacant office until the next election.

American Civil Liberties Union

Nonprofit organization founded in 1920 "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States".

Amounts reported to IRS as "Contributions, Gifts, Grants and Other Similar Amounts" by ACLU and ACLU Foundation. IRS Forms 990, part VIII, Line 1 – "Contributions, Gifts, Grants and Other Similar Amounts"
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Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, joins in a protest of the Guantanamo Bay detentions with Amnesty International
Crystal Eastman was one of the co-founders of the CLB, the predecessor to the ACLU
Norman Thomas was one of the early leaders of the ACLU
The ACLU defended H. L. Mencken when he was arrested for distributing banned literature
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was voted off the ACLU board in 1940 because of her Communist Party membership, but reinstated posthumously in 1970
The ACLU was internally divided when it came to defending the rights of Japanese Americans who had been forcibly relocated to internment camps
The ACLU chose not to support Eugene Dennis or other leaders of the US Communist Party, and they were all imprisoned, along with their attorneys
In the 1950s the ACLU chose to not support Paul Robeson and other leftist defendants, a decision that would be heavily criticized in the future.
Supreme Court justice Hugo Black often endorsed the ACLU's position on the separation of church and state
The ACLU contends that the Bill of Rights protects individuals who burn the U.S. flag as a form of expression
The ACLU was the first national organization to call for the impeachment of Richard Nixon
Ruth Bader Ginsburg co-founded the ACLU's Women's Rights Project in 1971. She was later appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Bill Clinton.
The ACLU defended Oliver North in 1990, arguing that his conviction was tainted by coerced testimony.
A California affiliate of the ACLU sued to remove the Mount Soledad Cross from public lands in San Diego
The ACLU represented Internet service provider Nicholas Merrill in a 2004 lawsuit which challenged the government's right to secretly gather information about Internet access
Abdi Soltani, executive director of Northern California ACLU, speaks at a San Francisco protest of the U.S. immigration ban
The ACLU submitted arguments supporting Rush Limbaugh's right to privacy during the criminal investigation of his alleged drug use

ACLU member Frank Graham, president of the University of North Carolina, attacked the anti-communists with a counter-proposal, which stated that the ACLU "stand[s] against guilt by association, judgment by accusation, the invasion of privacy of personal opinions and beliefs, and the confusion of dissent with disloyalty."

Robert Rice Reynolds

American politician who served as a Democratic US senator from North Carolina from 1932 to 1945.

Graph showing historical party control of the U.S. Senate, House and Presidency since 1855

Reynolds did seek to return to the Senate in 1950, but he was by then hopelessly discredited and won only 10% in the Democratic primary, behind Frank Porter Graham and Willis Smith.

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

Graveyard and national historic district located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Sun rays at dusk
Headstones, flat plaques, gated plots and other accommodations

Distinguished persons buried in the cemetery include legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, band leader Kay Kyser, playwright Paul Green, novelists Alice Adams and Max Steele, university president Frank Porter Graham, university president Robert Burton House, university system president William Friday, and CBS newsman Charles Kuralt.